The Odessa City Council is scheduled to recognize 10-year-old Randi Spenser today for raising more than $7,126 for the Odessa Police Department’s K-9 unit by selling hot chocolate in her neighborhood during the holidays.
Interim City Manager Michael Marrero described Spenser as “a great example of a civic minded young person taking action to improve her community.” Police Chief Mike Gerke and Mayor David Turner are scheduled to present her with an award.
Spenser, an aspiring police officer who has three pet dogs, told the Odessa American last month that she was inspired to raise money for the K-9 unit after seeing the movie “Megan Leavey” about a soldier’s bond with a military combat dog during her service in Iraq.
“It opened my eyes up of what they did and how I could help my community by not only helping the dogs but helping the handler,” she said.
She set up her hot chocolate stand at the corner of Sapphire Street and Shiloh Road. Her donation, which the City Council is also scheduled to approve accepting today, will be used for equipment such as bullet-proof vests and shoes for the dogs.
“We went over there a couple nights . . . and it was freezing cold, and she was still out there selling hot chocolate,” Deputy Chief Jesse Duarte said. “It’s amazing what this little 10-year-old did.”